Burglary police make nine arrests
by Hayley Robinson
Nearly 50 burglaries and attempted break-ins have been
carried out across Sittingbourne in a three-week period.
The policeman in charge of tackling them, Det Sgt Scott Machin,
says the spike is “not the norm” but he and his team are confident
they will reduce the number of future offences.
As part of an operation to tackle the problem, seven search
warrants were used on Tuesday last week by officers looking for
Nine people were arrested in connection with some of the 44
incidents across the area.
Three men have since been charged while the other six have been
released on bail pending further inquiries.
Det Sgt Machin, head of the pro-active burglary unit based at
Sittingbourne police station, said: “It is a high number in a short
period of time and it is a rare occurrence but we are doing
everything we can to stop these burglaries and find the
“I cannot tell you exactly how we are doing this except that
it’s a collaboration of investigation, intelligence and looking at
“There are about 15 burglaries we are linking over the past
three to four weeks and there’s a number of individuals that we
suspect are currently involved in this type of offence - the
majority of whom are local.
“Every area in the country will go through an increase at times
and there’s a number of reasons why it may happen.
“People will say it’s because it’s leading up to Christmas but
we can just as easily have a spike in May.
“It would be easy to say it’s down to poverty or lack of jobs
and the economic state but I think that’s excuses.
“I’m responsible along with my team to target burglars
regardless of the reasons; that’s what we will do and I’m
absolutely confident we will reduce this cluster.
“We’ve done it before and we will do it again. Our priority is
to make sure people feel safe in their houses.”
The News Extra asked the police for figures of how many
burglaries and break-ins there were last year.
They declined – saying we would need to use a Freedom of
Information Act request to get those statistics.
For full details of which streets have been affected,
see this week's Sittingbourne News Extra or Sittingbourne
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